I am using rsync to synchronize files between a source area and a target area, where the target directory hierarchy contains symbolic links.
When a source directory has the same name and relative path as a symbolic link in the target area, then rsync replaces the symbolic link with the copied source directory and all its contents. I want rsync to instead leave the symbolic link intact, and only copy files that would have been copied had the symbolic link been a real directory.
I'm currently using -Cvrtp options to rsync. I'm aware of the --links option, but that appears to relate only to symbolic links in the source area.
Is there a way to obtain the behavour I'm looking for with rsync?